Natural Wonders are amazing destinations to visit for travel, adding wildlife in these picturesque itineraries will only enhance the experience.
Nature encompasses even more than just the trees, rocks and marine areas found in the world it also covers wildlife too and below are the animals and critter found at the these 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
1. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon may look bare on the many photos taken and is actually a dry place throughout most of the year. Two or three times a year however the canyon region receives bucket loads of rain which helps to support wildlife.
Larger species found at the Grand Canyon include coyotes, mountain lions, racoons, bobcats, the gray fox, mule and deer plus many smaller animals such as rodents, lizards, snakes, frogs and toads.
Bird Watchers too will enjoy the magnificent flocks of birds within the area which includes blue jays, heron, wild turkeys, turkey vultures, Californian condor and of course the American bald eagle.
2. Great Barrier Reef
Being the world’s largest barrier reefs it is no surprise that wildlife is in abundance particularly for both marine and bird-life species.
The larger species that visit the reef include humpback whale, dwarf minke whales, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and further north in the hottest areas salt water crocodiles can be found.
There are around 6 species of sea turtle, 125 different varieties of shark and ray species, 49 species of pip-fish and even 9 varying species of the elusive sea horse.
Bird life is also prevalent in and around the reef and extending into the Daintree Rainforest with around 215 species visiting or living by the reef or its islands.
3. Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
This harbor is famous for the depth of the harbor and the two dominating mountain peaks that surround it. The area is a tropical climate and with it comes the tropical species found in South America.
In the area that surrounds the harbor jaguars are said to roam as well as capuchin monkeys, the tapir and of course llama. Even the infamous piranhas from the Amazon River have made it to the waters here among the many other fish swimming in and out of the harbor.
4. Mount Everest
Being the world’s highest mountain peak above sea level it is a rare site to see much wildlife. Visitors to this natural wonder are here for the climb or to at least stand in the shadow of the mountain.
There is however a rare species of spider that lives on the mountain and is quite possibly the species that is at the highest altitude in the entire world. This spider is known as a minute spider which feeds off frozen bugs that are blown out by the wind and into their webs.
Bar-headed geese may also be seen flying high up on the mountain side as well as the infamous chough which is a scavenging bird feeding on the animals or even climbers that had not made it up the mountainside.
5. Aurora Borealis
For wildlife in the areas around the Aurora Borealis would be near impossible to list down as the aurora may move and may not be as visible and covers a massive area of land.
For the Northern Lights, dog sledding is the most popular wildlife tour, where you’ll be led by a pack of sled dogs and be able to experience the Aurora Borealis in the same manner as the communities that once lived here many years ago.
The best places to see the aurora include Finland, Norway and Alaska and therefore the wildlife found in these areas may be seen on a trip to the lights. These include bears, polar bears, foxes, and wolves.
6. Paricutin Volcano
The Paricutin Volcano is another area that is not overly abundant with wildlife but if you look you may just find some amazing species.
Mountain lions, jaguars and coyotes make up the largest of the predators found here and you may also spot the armadillo, jackrabbits and tapir.
Birds too can be found in the area surrounding the volcano with Mexico itself containing large numbers of bird-life. Here around the volcano it is possible to witness doves, quail, egrets and heron.
7. Victoria Falls
Africa is well known for its wildlife and its natural beauty and here at Victoria Falls the wildlife can be seen around this stunning wonder.
This area isn’t the best for viewing the big cats however the falls do attract large animals such as elephants, buffalo, giraffe and zebra as well as a number of baboons and species of monkeys.
The 7 Natural Wonders of the World are all amazing destinations in their own right and for those wildlife enthusiasts you now have more reason that ever to visit yourself.